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June 1, 2012

North Alabama Annual Conference of United Methodist Church gathers at Birmingham-Southern College; Krulak awards honorary degree

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Gen. Charles C. Krulak, president of Birmingham-Southern College, opened the 2012 North Alabama Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church on Friday, June 1.

"We are humbled and blessed to welcome this important gathering back to its home on our campus," Krulak said. "Birmingham-Southern's relationship with the United Methodist Church is an important and valued part of our history and our future."

The North Alabama Annual Conference was held at Birmingham-Southern from 1954 to 2006.

Krulak also presented an Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree to Gloria Eurton Holt in a surprise ceremony Friday morning. Holt, the wife of 1958 BSC graduate Zollie Holt, is a certified Lay Speaker in the United Methodist Church.

She served as North Alabama Conference Lay Leader from 1997 to 2006 and has been elected Lay Delegate from North Alabama to five quadrennial meetings of the global General Conference and regional Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference (from 1996 through 2012). She served as President of the United Methodist International Association of Annual Conference Lay Leaders and currently serves as co-leader of the Southeast Jurisdictional Conference Committee on Episcopancy, which is responsible for assigning the 13 Methodist bishops in the Southeast.

Holt has also been active in local and national mission efforts and has served on the Mission Volunteers Board of Directors for the General Board of Global Ministry. And she was part of the seven-family core group that planted Clear Branch United Methodist Church, one of the largest congregations in Alabama.

"Mrs. Holt has dedicated her life to serving God through exemplary and tireless lay leadership in the United Methodist Church," said BSC Associate Provost Susan Hagen.

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